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IN THE TRENCHES: THE DISCHARGE PLANNER Bridging Gaps Between Hospital and Home M.L. Sutton

September 13th, 2012 | 0

DischargePlannerThis post originally appeared here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/19/health/19tren.html and was published by the NYTimes.com.

Almost as soon as patients are admitted to 9 Silver, a general medicine floor at Beth Israel Medical Center in downtown Manhattan, Alicia Tennenbaum starts planning how to get them to leave.

As a hospital discharge planner, Ms. Tennenbaum is a health care traffic cop, patrolling a wildly busy intersection of medical, economic and social challenges. On 9 Silver, she visits patients who are elderly, impoverished or just reeling from a diagnosis, asking: Do you need a ride home? Do you have a home? Do you need help with shopping, meals? Grab bars in the shower? Physical therapy? Do you have someone who can get you to check-ups?

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